Marjana, a 39-year-old married mother of four, lives in the suburbs of a little town in the North West Albania. The age of her children ranges from 3 to 14 years old. This is her first time requesting a loan. She wants to build a stable for the pigs with this loan.
In addition to her livestock activity that she has been practicing these past five years, she’s been making traditional embroideries for sale as well. She sells them in the market and gift stores in the capital city.
Marjana is the only financial provider for her family and proudly express that. She hopes that lenders at Kiva will provide her the financial help she’s requested to build the stable.
About VisionFund Albania
VisionFund Albania is a micro-finance subsidiary of child hunger nonprofit World Vision International. Striving to improve child welfare, the organization offers a variety of loan products designed for rural, traditionally underserved clients and their families. These products include agriculture, business and household improvement loans, as well as "integration loans" targeted to help the poorest, most vulnerable Albanian households acquire value chain resources.
While VFA is focused on the empowerment of the poor overall, it pays special attention to women. About 60% of loans to entrepreneurs on Kiva go to women.